<![CDATA[Azarius News]]> http://azarius.es/news/ The Very Advanced, Utterly Cool, Super Duper Azarius RSS Generator v2.34.445 info@azarius.net (azarius.net) <![CDATA[Tripping for gourmets with Baked Live]]> http://azarius.es/news/676/Tripping_for_gourmets_with_Baked_Live/ “The aim is to get high,” chef Noah tells us. Today we’re trying out a haute cuisine dinner with psychoactive ingredients.

In general psychedelics aren’t well-known for their taste, to put it mildly. Taking them can be a real hassle. Noah: “Why not prevent that struggle by creating some real nice dishes around them?”

Guinea pigs

Baked Live is an independent event that took place the 21st of March. With several test rounds, preparations are not taken lightly.

A couple of weeks before my colleagues and I serve as guinea pigs. Noah: “don’t worry, it’s the sixth time already!” By now he refined both taste combinations and dosage to effect. “We’ve seen both ends of the spectrum: evenings where not much happened and evenings where people had difficulty staying seated as they were tripping balls.”

Baked Live

Magic herb box

We decide to trust the chef with his magic box full of herbs. All products he uses are legal and supplied by Azarius: kanna, kratom, Syrian rue, Passionflower, truffles and much more. We will only have three courses. At the real event it’s gonna be six! The three of us all opt for the vegetarian menu.

Smart start(er)

The starter is a real work of art: risotto balls dipped in a powerful licorice sauce - masking the Syrian rue it’s containing. The veggies are sprinkled with kanna extract and the dish is completed with hemp seeds.

And it doesn’t just look nice. We’re happily surprised by the refined palette of taste sensations: this guy can cook!

Baked Live

At Azarius we advise not to combine MAOI’s (like Syrian Rue) with SRI’s (like kanna), but Noah reassures: dosages are mild.

You could call it smart for a change: the MAO-inhibitor enhances the effect of almost all the other substances, so less is needed for the same result. Noah: “For the same reason I mainly work with extracts.”

Fuzzy feelings

“You will feel a bit fuzzy within twenty minutes,” he warns. We take note of the time and indeed: fuzzy is the right word. It’s subtle but my perception is definitely shifting. A colleague notes she feels happy and talkative: “That’s the kanna!” she smiles, “But the nice atmosphere also helps.”

Truffle me up

Meanwhile Noah is preparing the second course. One, two, three Hollandia truffles I count being grated above my dish. The veggies are steamed with “a nice sativa” from his UFO-shaped vaporizer.

Baked Live

Again the food is delicious: you wouldn’t say you were eating anything psychedelic. Instead we feel spoiled by the delightful exclusiveness of the dinner. We’re convinced: this is the new way to trip!

Shortly afterwards: a first wave of nausea. Maybe there was a point in eating shrooms on an empty stomach? The waves come and go. For my colleagues as well. I’m surprised by the effect of three little truffles: I’m really tripping! It must be the Syrian Rue. We all become a bit giggly.

Kratom in the mix

When dessert arrives, a chocolate cake sprinkled with kratom extract, I hesitate: should we add even more to this mix? I’m already quite wobbly… I decide not to be chicken-hearted. Luckily the effect of the kratom is mild, and - as Noah predicted - relaxing.





All pictures by Floris Leeuwenberg

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<![CDATA[Azarius Magazine edition #2: hot off the press]]> http://azarius.es/news/675/Azarius_Magazine_edition__2__hot_off_the_press/ In case you missed it, Azarius isn't just a sparkly and majestic store. We've also released a free magazine some time ago.

Today the editorial team is proud to announce edition #2 of the one and only Azarius magazine. It's a colourful mix of interviews, articles, product highlights, recipes (you haven't lived until you've eaten holy crpe) and it even has a crossword puzzle that almost manages to make sense.

Best of all, the handy A5 format makes it the perfect reading material for those long excruciating moments on the toilet after take-out night.

Get your copy!

How do you get this wonderful piece of print on a coffee table or in a bathroom near you? We're glad you asked! All you have to do is order something in our online store. We'll add the magazine to your package free of charge. That's simply how we roll!

The magazine is available in English, Dutch and French.

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<![CDATA[No link between psychedelic use and psychosis]]> http://azarius.es/news/672/No_link_between_psychedelic_use_and_psychosis/ Two recent scientific studies show that users of psychedelics are not at increased risk of developing mental health problems.

Classic psychedelics: LSD, psilocybin and mescaline

Both studies use data from large USA population surveys. The first study is by Norwegian psychologists Pl-rjan Johansen and Teri Suzanne Krebs. They found that 14% of the 135.000 people who took part in the survey had ever used any of the three classic psychedelics: LSD, psilocybin and mescaline.

These psychedelic users were found not to be at increased risk of developing mental-health problems such as schizophrenia, psychosis, depression, anxiety disorders and suicide attempts.

Lower suicide rates

The second study of behavioural pharmacologist Matthew Johnson of the John Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland looked at 190.000 respondents. He also found that the classic psychedelics were not associated with adverse mental-health outcomes.

To the contrary: people who had used LSD and psilocybin were found to have lower lifetime rates of suicidal thoughts and attempts.

Acid casualty myth debunked

The studies debunk the myth that psychedelics can lead to psychosis. In the 1960s widespread reports of so-called acid casualties were mainstream news. According to researcher Krebs psychedelics can be psychologically intense nevertheless.

Her colleague Charles Grob, a long-term advocate of psychedelic therapy, points out that in individual cases adverse effects might occur. Its rare, but some psychedelic users suffer from hallucinogen persisting perception disorder (HPPD): a trip that never seems to end.

They perceive incessant distortions in the visual field, shimmering lights and coloured dots. However, the disorder also occurs in people that never used psychedelics.

Source

-Nature News

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<![CDATA[Altered states of cooking: Tripping balls]]> http://azarius.es/news/674/Altered_states_of_cooking__Tripping_balls/ Spring is here! At Azarius we celebrate the new season with the start of a new series: Altered states of cooking.

Obviously, most herbs and smart products in our assortment are already tasting delicious. But creative spirits like to indulge themselves, don’t they? Get some new inspiration from our consciousness expanding recipes.

Cooking with shrooms

Avoid prolonged heating of psilocybin mushrooms and truffles as the active components psilocybin and psilocin are sensitive to oxidation and will break down.

A higher temperature will accelerate this process. Do you want to add shrooms to a hot dish? Best is to wait till the last moment. Even better is to use them raw, like in the following recipe.

Tripping balls

Tripping balls

Dried mushrooms or truffles make a surprisingly delightful additive to energy balls. The nutty taste and crispy structure combine well with (raw) cacao, nuts, seeds and dried fruits.

It’s also possible to use fresh truffles and mushrooms, but those have a more intense taste and need stronger flavours (like fresh ginger) to be masked.

Ingredients:

2 grams chopped dried mushrooms or truffles, a handful of almonds, a handful of hazelnuts, 1 tablespoon flax seed, 5 dried figs, a handful of cranberries, 1 tablespoon coconut oil, 1 tablespoon of (raw) cacao.

Preparation:

Chop the almonds, hazelnuts and mushrooms together with the flax seed in a blender. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix until a sticky dough forms. Use your hands to roll the mixture into little balls and store in the fridge.

You can optionally use sesame seeds or grated coconut as coating.

Effect

The balls have a mild psychoactive effect. Just one ball won’t make you trip, but you will feel more relaxed and a bit spacey. Perfect for a party!

Tripping balls

Alternative recipe:

2 grams chopped dried mushrooms or truffles, a handful of almonds, handful of walnuts, 2 tablespoons chia seeds, 2 tablespoons flax seed, 1 tablespoon of hemp protein powder, 8 dried dates, 1 tablespoon coconut oil, 1 tablespoon (raw) cacao.

More mushroom cooking

In combination with lemon psilocybin will be converted into psilocin more quickly. This may result in the trip kicking in almost immediately.

Mushrooms and truffles work best on an empty stomach. A bit of food won’t hurt, but be careful with the quantities you consume: if your stomach is too full, this might lead to nausea.

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<![CDATA[MDMA The Movie]]> http://azarius.es/news/673/MDMA_The_Movie/ Many people have extraordinary and life changing experiences on MDMA. Before it became known as party drug the substance was mainly used in therapy sessions.

Currently promising results are found in people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Still MDMA is illegal in most countries.

In ‘MDMA The Movie’ producer and director Emanuel Sferios explores the history and cultural impact of this unique drug. The movie documents harm reduction efforts around the world as a practical alternative to three decades of failed prohibition.

Sferios is a rave activist who founded the drug safety and harm reduction organization DanceSafe. He already shot part of the film material, but to realise the entire project more money is needed.

Support the crowdfunding campaign of Sferios and his team. It runs till 27th of March.

Use the following links to get a sneak preview of the already available film material:

-Indiegogo MDMA The Movie

-Vice: MDMA as medicine? A new films controversial look at the popular party drug

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<![CDATA[Psychedelic art to marvel at]]> http://azarius.es/news/670/Psychedelic_art_to_marvel_at/ What is psychedelic art? Art that makes you feel trippy? Art that’s good to trip at? Or art that’s inspired by the psychedelic experience?

Maybe the discussion isn’t what it’s all about. Just sit back and enjoy these wonderful masterpieces…

Storm Thorgerson

Storm Thorgerson

Storm Thorgerson (1944-2013) made lots of album covers for influential bands like Pink Floyd, Muse, The Mars Volta and Black Sabbath. Synaptic stimuli posted a lovely impression of his work.

Chops Wanderweird

Chops Wanderweird

In his drawings visionary artist Chops Wanderweird uses influences from Christian iconography, sacred geometry, mandalas and video games to communicate ideas that resemble those of Alan Watts, Timothy Leary and other influential psychonauts.

Wanderweird loves live painting at festivals and created the amazing graphic novel ‘Remember’ that you can play online. It’s “a meditation that tries to explain reality”, according to the artist.

Jessica Perlstein

Jessica Perlstein

Another frequent live painter and contributor to the visionary art and festival scene is Jessica Perlstein. Her travels to the Peruvian Amazon, where she learned to work with plant teachers, got her fully inspired.

Her message: “If you listen to your gut instincts and intuitions and follow your heart despite seemingly difficult feats, any dream can be achieved.”

Anderson Debernardi

Anderson Debernardi

Like no other Anderson Debernardi manages to catch the multiple interwoven dimensions of the ayahuasca experience on canvas. His paintings are mainly inspired by the potent Amazon brew, but also by experiences with other shamanic plants, like in this picture datura.

Natalie Shau

Natalie Shau

Natalie Shau is a mixed media artist and photographer. She combines fashion and portrait photography with digital illustration and photo art to create marvellous and slightly disturbing fairy tale worlds.

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<![CDATA[Cannabis in ancient Greece]]> http://azarius.es/news/669/Cannabis_in_ancient_Greece/ Did you know Scythian and Thracian shamans used cannabis to communicate with the divine? They fumigated themselves with cannabis smoke to achieve ecstasy. 'Kapnobatai’, they were called, which means ‘smoke-walkers'.

The cannabis plant may have served a crucial role in magical and ritual practices of the ancient Greek.

Cannabis historian Chris Benett discusses with professor of Classics Carl Ruck and dr. David Hillman about the available evidence.

Watch the documentary "Cannabis in Ancient Greece: Smoke of the Oracles?"

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Most people taking salvia divinorum for the first time are amazed by the forceful effects of this plant. Almost immediately after inhalation you lose contact with reality and commence on a trip that’s unprecedented.

Strange worlds

Many psychonauts are deeply impressed by this substance. Especially the first times are very exciting. By inhaling more deeply every time, you build up the strength of the effects.

Usually this goes well only a few times. Experience shows that eventually almost everyone will pass the door to that other, strange world. And then salvia can be frightening. While DMT may lead you to more and new dimensions, salvia seems to peel away one dimension.

Comic book

Below some illustrative statements by people who have smoked salvia:

“It seemed the world was a comic book.”

“I felt like being a sticker getting stuck on the wall.”

“I sat down on the page of a book, and suddenly the page was turned.”

“I was trapped in a cocoon and couldn’t join the others.”

Roller coaster

Especially the feeling you don’t belong to this world anymore seems to be widespread. This can be frightening to some. Luckily, saliva is a safe psychedelic. It only takes a little while! You can compare it to a slide which makes you swish down just a little bit too fast, or a roller coaster that seems to have just too many loops. It’s over before you know it and it’s completely safe, but it’s very exciting. The same holds for salvia.

You will always return from the 2D-salvia world to our own 3D-world. So if you feel like experiencing the world in a comic book, I would definitely recommend to try it out one day. It doesn’t make you worse, just a little bit wiser.

Tincture

New in the Azarius assortment: salvia tincture. Not for the faint-hearted. Read here about an experience of psychonaut Hans Plomp with salvia tincture in our recent interview.

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<![CDATA[Azarius on Dutch TV]]> http://azarius.es/news/668/Azarius_on_Dutch_TV/ Yes, we’ll become famous! This week Azarius featured in ‘Spuiten & Slikken’, the notorious Dutch television program on sex and drugs.

Reporters Gwen, Jan and Geraldine tested whether legal smart drugs have the same effect as illegal hard drugs. Well, not exactly of course. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t interesting…

Watch their experiences with three of Azarius own products: Kanna, Utopia, and the Energy-E Happy Cap.

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<![CDATA[Cocaine alert – to be continued]]> http://azarius.es/news/666/Cocaine_alert___to_be_continued/ Again three tourists in Amsterdam ended up in hospital after using ‘cocaine’ that was actually white heroin.

In October and November a range of similar incidents happened: three British tourists died and another seventeen people were hospitalised.

The municipality started a large campaign to find the street dealer and warn tourists: posters and matrix signs were placed all over the town. Smartshops supplied cheap tests that indicate heroin.

Reward

No dealer was found, but no more incidents happened either for a couple of months, so the campaign was slowly abolished. Now the dangerous heroin is back and the campaign is relaunched.

The police released pictures of the possible dealer and will issue a reward of 15.000 euro for the tip that will lead to his arrest.

Heroin test kits

The heroin test kits were developed by EZ test in consultation with VLOS, the national association for smartshop companies and GGD.

The test kits are still available in our offline store in the Kerkstraat. Please don’t hesitate to come by and ask our staff for assistance!

When heroin is present, the test ampoule will colour purple. The test won’t give any information about the identity of other substances.

When tested positive on heroin, it’s very important to immediately contact the municipal health service GGD. Remember you’ll not be arrested for the possession of hard drugs.

Read more:

-Cocaine alert GGD

-Municipality Amsterdam

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